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Reiki in the Business World
Research and Development Area: Emergency Response
by Jim Bennett - 

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Last Updated: September 5, 2007
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This page is an article written by one of my students (Jim Bennett) who is sharing ideas on aspects of Reiki.  The pages are intended to give some "food for thought" and some are only the student's viewpoint.  While a number of Reiki facts are included, you should decide for yourself how much (if any) of the content feels right to you. Richard Rivard

Copyright 2007  Zestco


Reiki is an enabling technique for peak performance in organisations from the "coal face to the boardroom".

Reiki is Energy.

Energy is the Life Blood of organisation.

Reiki Energy is universal in form and can give Life Blood to organisations, their people and the communities they work in. 

When a Practitioner is attuned (similar to tuning your radio/TV to the selected channel) to the Reiki Channel it acts like a variable transformer which gives control over the speed, depth and intensity of the current flow to the recipient/place or situation.

Practitioner competence is similar to other business competencies. At technician level there is Basic Awareness and Application. At engineer level there is skilful application where more detailed facilitation and problem solving techniques are exercised. At Technical Authority level there is Mastery of the techniques and application – innovation and development being exercised within the sector of work.

Reiki in Business Core Principles

The core principles of using Reiki in the workplace are as follows:

  • Self- Reiki to create a relaxed meditative state which allows right/left brain symmetry for whole brain action
  • Self-Reiki to invoke a heightened awareness of all senses – see, hear, feel, taste your environment.
  • Reiki to set your working zone/space
  • Use the symbols to focus your business activity
  • Healing for People, Process and Plant
  • Ethical leadership is Living the Precepts…
  • Reiki symbols were initially used as method of focus to harness the critical mind. When one becomes more experienced I have found that the mantras or sounds associated with them are as, if not more powerful, combined with their intent it becomes a very powerful force! 
Reiki in Action….

The possibilities of applying Reiki in the workplace are endless. The Space Director at NASA once said:

"Man’s limit to space travel is man!"

Similarly one could say the same about Reiki – it is limited by the creativity of wo/man…

Let’s look at some of the potential applications:

Business Self Development
    • Reiki to self to promote deep relaxation and access the creative right brain -facilitating access to developing an empowering Vision of the future with the setting of enabling goals.
    • Self Reiki for Work Life Balance – producing a calm and relaxed mind to enable peak performance at home and at work.
    • Relaxation for creativity in problem solving – invocating innovation and creativity.
    • Power Boosts of Just a Minute Moments
      1. Intend Reiki to flow for your greatest good. Place palms over eyes, x5 deep breaths.
      2. Hands on both sides of neck, eyes closed count of 10
      3. If not in an open plan office do the same on your chest and abdomen, the finish with one hand on top of your head and the other on your root chakra – sit on your hand.
      4. If in a busy office the above can be negated by doing a simple Reiki exercise of flowing Reiki through your thumb and forefinger whilst massaging the space between the thumb and forefinger of the other hand. Our old grandmothers used to do this unconsciously to relax – we are just adding Reiki to the process…
Ethical Leadership
    • Application of the Reiki ethical precepts to business activities.
    • During the classic business PLAN, DO, MEASURE, LEARN cycle, use Reiki to "set the development" space. 
Learning Zone
    • Use Reiki to set the room energy – visualisation or drawing of symbols and mantra.
    • Constantly tune into the room energy and balance with Reiki as appropriate.
Occupational Health
    • Within the workplace use your Reiki state of relaxation to use all your senses to sense imbalances and access your sub-conscious database for creative solutions.
Business Alchemy
    • As an individual and team member use Reiki to set the pace and depth of the creative space. Always respecting the team energy needs. You may sense a "block" to Reiki energy input – if so, respect it and accept Reiki is not for this group at this time and space.
Accident/Incident Investigation
    • Key to this process is to get to the ROOT CAUSE – not only the immediate cause. Use Reiki to set a "healing space" – project a Reiki ball between you and the interviewee to aid the process. Use you sensing skills – if a float of energy between you is met with resistance – STOP, respect their "freedom of will" and continue without Reiki support. 
Coaching and Mentoring
    • Again use a Reiki ball of energy between you and the person you are working with to aid the creative process. If it suddenly dips (energy) you have "hit" and area worthy of exploration – again with due diligence and respect. Golden Rule – if in doubt whether to deepen your explorations – DON’T. There is always another day – always err on the side of caution.
Change Management
    • This is a great are of exploration – we are in such a fast moving world. Set the space with Reiki. Use the classic, WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHY, WHEN, HOW guide words to aid you. When you get answers to advove, relax, flood you body with Reiki and ask yourself any other empowering questions that "jump" into your mind. Be as creative as you like – unlock the creative right brain. Then apply the logic of the left for the implementation plan – by who, by when etc…
Plant Inspections
    • Use a Reiki power breathing to relax yourself and energise all you senses, sight, smell, sound, taste, feel as you walk around the factory/site/location – what do you SEE, HEAR, SMELL, TOUCH as you walk around in a systematic way?
    • On report writing – again, place yourself within a Reiki bubble to release your creative talents. What is the holistic picture you’re finding? What does it mean to the individual, team and organisation? If we could only do one thing to make a difference – what would that be? It helps to focus your priorities. The KEY is the power of your questions!
Environmental Assessments
    • Use the same techniques as above, but, apply it to the wider site. The Reiki bubble allows you to understand "what you don’t know". You don’t know what you don’t know is a "heady statement". You may be competent in your specialist field but, still not "KNOW". Logic will take you so far in problem solving then there is "the don’t know space.." Reiki can help you unlock the massive sensory memory bank of your brain and link into the universal school of learning. Frequently I get a "stepping stone" to help me closer to the optimum solution for that "moment and time".
Other Topics – add your own as your inner guidance indicates…. Research and Development Area: Emergency Response

My recent involvement with Reiki in the Emergency Response arena was when I attended an International seminar on Joint Operations Command attended by International Fire/ Police/ Ambulance/ Local Goverment/ national Goverment Chief Officers.

The conference dealt with natural and "man made" disasters from 10s, 100s, and 10,000s casualties and fatalities. Including hurricanes, floodings, Bio, Chemical, Radiological and Nuclear hazards, flu pandemics etc.... A wide and varied subject area.

Local/National and International procedures and support mechanisms to deal with foreseeable and "unforeseeable" events. International terrorism being a key topic....  A nasty development to terrorism is that suicide bombers are consciously getting infected with HIV/Aids and their bone fragments have been found in Israel casualties that haven't immediately died in the incidents....  The potential for other Bio hazards is out there....

I floated the idea of Emergency Responders using Reiki. 

For Emergency Response In Urban areas the principle First Aid Technique used by Paramedics/ambulance crews is to "Scoop and Run" - taking casualties ASAP to formal hospital care. They use a Triage methodology determining the Dead or dying, walking wounded and casualties in a life threatening, but saveable condition. My contention is that Reiki can extend what is called by the emergency services as "The Golden Hour" whereby the objective is to get patients to formal hospital care - their probability of recovery is far greater if they are received within this time scale. 

My experience, small scale personal experiences, is that you can extend the Golden Hour to nearer 90 minute by Reiki techniques. Subsequent recovery is also enhanced as well as its use for pain control, mental and emotional support.

I find it works well with traditional First Aid e.g. ABC - Airway, Breathing, Circulation and the recovery position. I work on the lower part of the body - legs, ankles, feet on Shiatsu/Reflexology points and use "Reiki eyes" for the upper body whilst other first aiders attend to the "head area" until formal Paramedic support arrives.

Within the conference the Reiki Hypothesis was received somewhat cooly, slightly sceptical, but, not thrown out of court.

I believe that Emergency Responders could rapidly stabilise multiple casualties is a mass incident. A 30 second touch to establish communications. Moving rapidly from casualty to casualty - depending on your personal Reiki Field - hold a Reiki healing Field - I can work up to a 100 metre radius and flood the area with Reiki in a meditative trance state. Sensing within the Field where the energy is dropping and move closer either by sight or touch to augment it.

A number of experienced responders could maintain this healing Field for a fair amount of time - buying time for the Medics.

Hospitals have what they would call a surge capacity of dealing with multiple casualties requiring intensive care. Each intensive care casualty could require up 6 people to sustain life. There could be large numbers outwith these categories that are in distress - this is where Reiki comes into its own. I am potentially talking about 10s on hundreds of people!!!!

Another use for Reiki is in Remote location, mountain rescue, coastguard, lifeboats, military - the application use is endless.

See my paper on this topic….


As you have already realised the application of Reiki to the Business World is limitless.

Be creative and let Reiki lead you on a wonderful voyage of discovery….

For me it’s about learning and sharing…

All for one-one for All

Those acts are wrong that are not shared in happiness.

Those acts are wrong that are selfish

Those acts are wrong that are of ego

Those acts are of joy that cause a bonding between people and nations…

Jim Bennett, MSc (Eng), CMIOSH, MIFireE, MCMI

Complementary Medicine Techniques in Emergency Response


Complementary medicine can extend the orthodox Emergency Response "Golden Hour" and can provide a "window" to assist the "Scoop and Run" approach in urban areas.

In rural areas, where technical support is limited, it can provide a simple "hands-on" technique to ease pain, balance energy and provide a healing buffer until traditional medicine is available.


Complementary medicine, as we would call it in the west, has been in use for centuries in many parts of the world.

The Greek Medicine of Asclepios and Hippocrates followers used "alternative therapy" techniques from circa 500BC to as late as 400AD. The Roman Centurions used these emergency response techniques on the battlefield as did the Knights Templars.

Ayurvedic Medicine is also an ancient system of health care that is native to the Indian subcontinent. It is presently in daily use by millions of people in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and indirectly through it being the major influence on Unani, Chinese and Tibetan Medicine, in China, Tibet, and Pakistan.

Chinese Medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC. Yet throughout its history it has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions, and has been sustained by research into every aspect of its use. This process continues today with the development of modern medical diagnostic techniques and knowledge.

Chinese medicine includes all oriental traditions emerging from Southeast Asia that have their origins in China. Practitioners may work within a tradition that comes from Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan or Korea. It is a complete medical system that is capable of treating a very wide range of conditions. It includes herbal therapy, acupuncture, dietary therapy, and exercises in breathing and movement (tai chi and qi gong). Some or several of these may be employed in the course of treatment

Reiki (ray-key) is a natural healing technique that feels like a flow of a high frequency of energy into and through a practitioner, and out the hands into another person

The system of Usui Reiki Ryoho grew out of the original teachings of Mikao Usui, a Japanese man, around 1922.  He had called his system "My Method" or Usui-Do.  In the West, it was previously thought that it was his purpose to find out how famous healers like Buddha and Christ healed the sick, without depleting their own inner energy.

During his life and especially during his mission he studied old religions and ancient teachings including the Japanese forms of Taoism.  He was also a student of martial arts and knew the founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano, very well.  The organisation that survived him, Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, teaches that he experienced a solution and a very powerful personal  energy that we now call Reiki, while fasting on the Holy Mountain of Kurama Yama, just outside of the spiritual city of Kyoto, Japan.  According to Gakkai history, he received a powerful form of energy while in meditation and was knocked unconscious for hours. He awoke feeling wonderful and refreshed, and had the ability to recall the energy.  He soon discovered the energy gave the bonus of an amazing healing ability

My Belief is that Reiki can be an additional life saving technique for use in Emergency Response situations and can be effectively used by:

  • Fire fighters
  • Ambulance crews
  • Police
  • Mountain Rescue
  • Lifeboat Crews
  • Military Personnel
Similar to acupuncture/Shiatsu (finger pressure) it works on balancing the energy centres of patients by circulating energy to ease pain – including mental and emotional stress. On a physical level it assists the immune system response and enhances recovery time.

The simplest way to think of it is like water flowing through a body, energy pathways are "un-kinked" to assist the flow and ease the tension maximizing energy efficiency and peak flow for healing.

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Remote energy points can be found in the body – in particular the feet and hands. This is how Reflexology works. For example this can allow complementary EmercoReiki (Ed. Jim's term for emergency response Reiki) to be used whilst traditional resuscitation is being performed in the upper part of the body.

This is a technique that once trained in, requires no specialist equipment to be carried and is available 24/7.

My belief is that this healing technique is worthy of further study and trial within operational conditions.

Jim Bennett, MSc (Eng), CMIOSH, MIFireE, MCMI

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